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to issue deficit bonds or public services will grind to a halt. in order to do that, he must nail down an agreement with the opposition parties. that could force him to call an election. japanese lawmakers gathered monday to start an extraordinary session of the diet. noda only delivered his opening speech to the lower house. the opposition who control the upper house didn't allow him to speak. that's never happened before. noda had an agreement in august that led to the passage of bills to raise the consumption tax and reform social security. he's angling for more agreements. he needs opposition support to help reform the electoral system to address the disparity in weight of votes among constituencies. a more pressing issue, though, is the budget. the prime minister wants opposition parties to vote in favor of a bill to allow the government to issue deficit-government bonds. he says delaying this year's budget will affect people's lives and the economy. >> translator: every year we use the deficit bond bills as a tool to make political deals. we should give up this inappropriate prac
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